Monday, February 11, 2008

Vocational Training for "Green Jobs"

The Mayor of Washington DC announced a major "green jobs" initiative in September 2007. The goal is to build the area's workforce through "green buildings, transit jobs, climate and renewable energy solutions and solving the city's water quality problems," says Bracken Hendricks for American Progress.

The "green economy" has grown rapidly over the last several years and poised to explode into a billion dollar industry. This "greening" of the economy will lead to increased need for skilled workers.

Students in vocational programs such as Automotive, Construction and HVAC will have opportunities in the future green economy as we move towards greater energy efficiency.

Think seriously about jobs and careers in this area as you consider which vocational or career education program might be best for you. As you evaluate employers, look for companies that are going "green".

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